[Wecount] We Count Planned Co-design clarifications

Vera Roberts vroberts at ocadu.ca
Mon Apr 12 16:23:31 UTC 2021

Hello All,

I spoke with Jutta to get clarification on project direction and plans for upcoming co-designs and related development work.  As a result, there are some changes to co-design plans. In particular:

  1.  We will not be moving forward with a co-design to elicit data challenges; the  co-design isn't necessary because there are already processes in place to elicit challenges (e.g. a form, a video and a review process at the advisory panel level)  and we also have a set of challenges submitted by partner organizations.
  2.  We will pick-up the planned co-design for the map data collection as part of the demonstration purposes of the map development.

To help provide the rationale, here is the thinking behind the test-centre Map:

The map activity was chosen as part of milestone 1: Co-design approaches and processes to address accessibility challenges, data science barriers and data gaps for persons with disabilities.

The intention of the map development activity and the co-design were intended to demonstrate a few things:

                           i.           The lack of relevant accessibility data for centres available

                         ii.           A way to collect and visualize accessibility data inclusively

                        iii.           A demonstration of how co-design is used to determine what data is important to collect/show/share [this is the co-design that we will carry out]

                        iv.           Support equitable participation of persons with lived experience of the challenge
The expected outputs were:

                           i.           A demonstration (the map)

                         ii.           A write-up that would explain considerations/techniques/approaches for inclusively designing data colllection/sharing/visualizaiton and some help understanding how this applies beyond the map.

  1.  We will also continue with the reverse-data organization co-design.

Jutta and I also tossed around ideas for the project that I want to share with the team (especially development team): We can consider some other demonstrations such as a reverse Wordle that prioritizes the unique and innovative rather than the most common. This would be understandable way to demonstrate a different algorithmic approach (and, in my opinion, would make a Wordle that would be more interesting rather than predictable). It would also be interesting to think about how a to create and present this visualization inclusively.  Another area where we may be able to explore through co-design is tests for algorithmic bias (and if the tests are also biased). This is something we could all be thinking about how to approach.

I'm mostly off this week but if anyone wants to get clarification on the co-design goals before next week, please let me know.


Vera Roberts, Ph.D.
Senior Manager, Research, Consulting & Projects
Inclusive Design Research Centre
OCAD  University
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